Rock School, C4, Friday 30th September, 9.30pm
In Gene Simmons' Rock School, the fire-breathing, blood-spitting bassist of Kiss tries to turn a classroom full of prim and proper British prep-schoolers into a hot and heavy rock and roll band. Gene is invited to Christ's Hospital, a 450 year-old boarding school outside London. There, the students wear uniforms, march in procession, and study classical music.
In just six weeks, Gene's monumental task is to transform a class of classically trained thirteen year-olds into guitar-strumming, head banging rock gods.
We follow their rollercoaster journey from the tears of joy and disappointment of the auditions, to the pressures of writing and recording a song, to the final exam - a debut gig opening for the heavy metal legends, Motorhead, in front of a crowd of 5000 fans.
The pupils must learn fast, because they are on trial with Gene every step of the way. Can they learn how to rock? Are they good enough to play in a band? And can they handle the pressures of playing in front of unforgiving metalheads?
The pressure is on Gene too. Will this hard partying rocker adjust to the early-to-bed tranquillity of the British countryside? Will he be able to win-over his straight-laced students, who disapprove of his hedonistic ways? Will he be able to convince the school principal that he actually knows what he's doing?
There are plenty of inspiring moments along the way in this heartfelt series, as Gene inspires his students to buck the establishment to pursue their musical dreams and their inner rock gods.